from The Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society, Volume 3
Morgan Bryan continued to live in Chester county until four or five of his oldest children were born. About 1728 or 1730, Morgan Bryan, Alexander Ross and other friends (Quakers) obtained a grant for 100,000 acres of land on the Potomac and Opequan rivers in the Colony of Virginia. He moved to this land and settled near the present site of Winchester about 1730. Here the rest of his children were born.
The children of Morgan Bryan and Martha Strode Bryan were: Joseph, Samuel, James, Morgan, John, Elinor, Mary, William, Thomas, Sarah and Rebecca.
Martha Strode Bryan died about 1717 (sic) and was buried at the home near the present site of Winchester, Va.
After her death Morgan Bryan sold his interests in Virginia, and in the fall of 1748 moved his family to North Carolina and settled in the forks of the Yadkin river, which was then Anson county, but in 1753 Rowan county was set off from Anson; thus they were in Rowan county. Thus we see Morgan Bryan had been living on the Yadkin river about two years when Squire Boone came from Pennsylvania and settled on the river and became a near neighbor to him. Here Daniel Boone and Rebecca Bryan [daughter of Joseph and Hester] became acquainted, and in 1755 were married. William Bryan (son of Morgan and brother to Rebecca) also married Mary Boone (sister of Daniel) the same year.
These marriages of the young people produced a bond of friendship between the two families that led that and the next generation to share each other’s hardships as well as pleasures, and that has not been broken to this day.
Morgan Bryan, Sr., died in 1763, aged ninety-two, and was buried in what was then Rowan county, N. C.
September 25, 1773, Daniel Boone, Squire Boone (brothers), James, Morgan, Jr., and William Bryan (brothers), and Jonas Sparks, all with large families of children, many of said children approaching maturity, started from North Carolina to settle on the Kentucky river.